Audi R8 GRAND-AM rules GT class in Daytona 24 Hours

Article by Anita Panait, on January 28, 2013

Audi has won a class victory in the recently held Daytona 24 Hours! An Audi R8 GRAND-AM driven by Filipe Albuquerque, Oliver Jarvis, Edoardo Mortara and Dion von Moltke outraced other vehicles in the GT category, winning just by 1.4 seconds over a team comprised of Ian Baas/Marc Basseng, René Rast and Frank Stippler.

The Audi R8 GRAND-AM, powered by production-derived 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine, ran the Daytona for a whole and night, despite being driven at full throttle on 65 percent of each lap. Audi’s latest victory at the Daytona 24 Hours allowed the carmaker to win the world's most important 24-hour races – whether under commitments or in collaboration with customers. The Daytona 24 Hours represents a baptism of fire for the Audi R8 GRAND-AM, as the class event is considered to be the toughest GRAND-AM race of the year.

Audi fielded four updated customer sport race cars for three race teams in the event, and all of them managed to complete the 24-hour race. Each of the teams had taken the lead at least once and each had a chance to win their class until the end. Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, noted that they achieved this “dream result” on their second attempt at Daytona.

He noted that the Audi R8 GRAND-AM in the United States is continuing the chain of successes of its GT3 sister model, which has grabbed five overall victories at 24-hour races in Europe in the past two years. Of the three Audi teams, Alex Job Racing came out the winner. Mortara grabbed the lead for the team in the GT class, while teammates von Moltke, Albuquerque and Jarvis were able to set the pace to victory.

Audi R8 is indeed recognizable as the brand’s dynamic frontrunner. In terms of specifications, it has a length of 4.44 meters (14.57 ft), height of 1.25 meters (4.10 ft), and width of 1.90 meters (6.23 ft). Furthermore, it has a wide crouched down road stance. What gives this high-performance car a more sophisticated look are the sharp lines that frame its arched surfaces.

The loop, another term for a wrap-around contour, connects to the front, rear, the flanks and the wheel wells of the Audi R8. The mid-engine concept is visualized far to the front of the cabin. In addition to these specs are the sideblades – indicating the engine’s position and the Coupe’s upright air intakes in front of the rear wheels. A solid aluminum gas cap is included on the right sideblade. What’s advantageous on the R8 Spyder is that aside from its sideblades, it also has athletically sculpted large air intakes out of the flanks.

The new captivating Singleframe grille with tapered top corners is located at the front of the car. The finishing touch is done on the hood and not on the grille.

Moreover, the bumper is also restructured. In all variants of the Audi R8, there are three crossbars on the black air intakes that push air to the radiator as well as to the brakes

The CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced polymer) is the material used for the front splitter which is optional to the Audi owners.

However, in the new R8 V10, the splitter is already included as it is the standard. This top model is a clear standout with its added gray air intakes and subtle modifications to the Singleframe grille.

Topics: audi, audi r8, race car

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